Participants in the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family listen to a presentation in the Vatican's Synod Hall.
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VATICAN CITY — As the first week of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family neared its conclusion, participants discussed same-sex unions, divorce and civil remarriage and the negative impact of contraception on society.
During the sixth general congregation on Thursday, which followed chapters on “difficult pastoral situations” of the instrumentum laboris (working document) of the synod, the participants heard how the Catholic Church encompasses all “health families and families in crisis” and that indifference mustn’t be shown to the weakest but, rather, patient help.
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